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Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

With Colts owner Jim Irsay currently looking for a general manager to replace Chris Polian, who was fired along with his father Bill last week, he won’t have to ask anybody he interviews how they’d handle the 2012 No. 1 draft pick. That’s because he already knows what he wants, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

As has long been suspected, the Colts reportedly will choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in April, and no matter who’s brought in to take over for the Polian’s, that decision will not be altered.

Some wondered if the reason Bill Polian was fired in the first place was because he and Peyton Manning weren’t getting along -- Irsay is an unabashed fan of his quarterback and thinks of him as family. Polian said the rumors of a rift were untrue.

"He was the first person into the office after it happened," Polian told the Associated Press on Wednesdasy. "There's no rift at all. None.

Now, though, the big questions continue to be what the Colts actually will do about Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in March. Would Manning want to play with Luck? Will Manning's neck be healthy? Would the Colts ship Manning somewhere else to give Luck the chance to play immediately?

Now that we seemingly know who the Colts will take with the No. 1 pick, we might have to wait a few more months before the rest of those other questions can be answered.  

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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

If he comes back for one or two years and they either win or just get into a Super Bowl, then yes it is worth it. Irsay spent 24 mil this year for nothing, here's betting he pays 28 mil more for the opportunity to win. Manning's salary beyond the 28 mil, which only locks him up for 4 years, is in the 10 mil range. Is it a great business move? Maybe not, but Irsay isn't his Dad. He simply wants to win. I'd also bet that Polian made the same argument that you just did and that's a big reason why he and his kid are gone. All this being said, it is ALL speculation. No one here has a clue what is going on behind closed doors, as it should be in my opinion. The Colts don't do business in the press like Jerry Jones loves to, and though it's frustrating at times it is the right way to do things. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

 Chris Mortensen ?? Te same Chris Mortensen who said it was a done deal between the Redskins & Jay Cutler. One of the many times he has been flat out wrong. Come to think of it I don't remember when Mort has been right. Irsay may very well take luck w/ the 1st pick, but don't take Chris Mortensen's word for it.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

C'mon dude, do you really think there is no way they would let Manning go. Good business sense says if he does not have good results from doctors then they should offload him. 28 mil for what. Even if he comes back for 1 or 2 years it's not worth it. You take a qb with a number 1 pick you get him ready to play ASAP. Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bret Favre and many others who were beloved in their city eventually left because they were not done before the new guy was ready. After the Favre thing and Rodger's success I don't think the Colts will pay Manning the money therefore he will leave. As they both should. It's what's best for both in the long run. I thought the Chargers were crazy for letting Breese go but it made business sense, but Rivers is good and worthy of his 2 nd overall pick. He just can't win in the playoffs and Breese was a gamble after his injury. Coaching and defense is biggest issue in SD



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Am I the only one who would rather see him turn into Ryan Leaf rather then Aaron Rodgers? Not because I hate the Colt's or anything... it's just there is far to much hype around this kid, and more often than not the hype does not pan out. A team could go a lifetime with no franchise QB, this team is getting potentially two of them in a relatively short span. 



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

You people are missing the boat on Manning's injury. I don't know if he will play again, but if not it will NOT be because it is a "life threatening" injury, or he has a possibility of paralysis any more than any other player. If his neck fuses properly, it will be more solid than your neck or mine. The question is whether the nerve in his arm will re-generate to the point where his strength will return and he can throw the ball like he did before. With Manning, this "aging, horribe" team I've been reading about is in the playoffs this year. Polian's downfall aside from his massive ego was not having a back up quarterback that could keep a perennial Super Bowl contender from losing 14 games. All you Cowboy and Jet fans should give up on your pipe dream. If Manning plays, it will be as a Colt. He isn't going anywhere, he doesn't want to and Irsay would NEVER let it happen. If Manning plays, Luck learns. If he doesn't, then Luck is thrown into the fire, much like Manning was when he came here. The key to the future is re-signing Mathis, Saturday, Wayne, and the handful of other free agents that the Colts want to keep. End of story.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:09 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

If Peyton Manning will allow it.   He could be the guy that creates the next best Quarterback in the NFL.    Luck could learn a lot of Peyton Manning.   I would not be surprised to see both on the team for the next couple of years.

 



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

The owner miust have some doubts as to Peytons chances of returning to the playing level we are use to seeing him in.   If he has any doubts she has no choice but to go after an opprotunity like Luck.    

I do not feel Luck is another Ryan Leaf.  he may not be the next Peyton Manning, but he should do well in the NFL.  How well onlyu time will tell.     This is the pefrect timing to bring in a new guy.   The Colts have a seasoned crew of WR's and they have some game left in their Offense.    

The big question that has not been asked yet is this.   Could this mean Peyton Manning is retiuring?  Could he be pulling a Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) in a couple months?  


I do not feel the Colts owner would be making this move if he did not feel it was best for the team and I am sure the teams relationship with peyton Manning is important.   Peyton is no Brett Farve and will be a part of this organization whenever his playing days end.  This year or sometime in the future.


 



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Keep them both, and let Luck watch for a year or two. Id say it worked well for Rodgers...



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Houston will likely be done next week even though they probaly got the best matchup they could ask for. They won't have to get into a shootout with Baltimore. A good defensive team with a marginal QB generally doesn't win the big Kahuna...



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Can never tell with QBs...there have been other slam dunks that were complete duds...will Luck continue that trait but bury a franchise in the process...Reggie Wayne is gone and there won't be very many studs that will sign in INDY


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